This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
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Wednesday, Septermber 11, 2019
1 Maccabees, Chapter
10, Verse 8
They were struck with
fear when they heard that the king
had given him authority to gather an army.
in this verse were the Hellenized Jews who were losing their power which came
from supporting Greece (King Demetrius). At once they were afraid for their
lives realizing that their power over Jonathan was gone, they decided to leave
Jerusalem. Along comes Alexander Balas who claims to be the son of Antiochus
and the rightful king, he has the backing of Rome. Jonathan plays these two
opponents against each other to make Jerusalem great again. Jonathan then
accepts from Alexander permission to become high priest which he accepts. There
is just one problem; he is not a Levi, only Levis can be priests. Here is high
Patriot Day is a day the US remembers the terrorist attacks on
September 11, 2001. This day is commonly referred to as 9-11
(Nine-Eleven). It is believed that 2,977 people died in the attacks.
President George W. Bush proclaimed September 11th Patriot Day in 2002.
Day (Sept 11) Facts
September 11th, US Flags should be flown at half-mast - both on US soil and
moment of silence is held at 8:46 a.m. (EST) across the nation - commemorating
the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on
September 11, 2001.
National September 11 Memorial and Museum takes up over half of the destroyed
World Trade Center site. It contains bronze parapets inscribed with the names
of those killed on September 11, 2001 and those killed in the 1993 World Trade
up Ground Zero, as the World Trade Center was renamed, took 18 months and 19
days, and was completed in May of 2002.
Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were once the tallest buildings in the
world and contained enough concrete to build a sidewalk from New York City to
Events and Things to Do
the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
a moment of silence.
a 9/11 Memorial Service.
with a group of children your memories of 9/11 and how the events of the day
forever changed America.
support for local police and firemen as a way to honor the emergency personnel
who gave their lives on 9/11.
on that day climbed 2200 steps in the stairs of the towers to save lives;
perhaps today would be a good day to climb 2200 stair steps and donate one cent
for each step ($22.00) to a 911 fund that supports the widows and orphans.
This year marks the 101th anniversary of the miracle of the sun
at Fatima in 1917. Mary asks that in order for us to be happy in this life and
the next that we follow her example of prayer, sacrifice and devotion to her
son Christ by making a total consecration to her immaculate heart. This
consecration takes 33 days of prayer and reflection. As it is exactly 33 days
from 9/11 to 10/13 I propose we make a gift of ourselves to Christ through Mary
in preparation of the 101th anniversary of the miracle of the sun.
St. Louis de Montfort
(1673 – 1716) had a profound devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and wrote extensively on the
virtues of Our Lady, what true devotion to her consists in, and how the
faithful need to turn to her as the way to her Son, Jesus Christ. In his
classic writings (The Secret of Mary, The Secret of the Rosary, and True Devotion to Mary) he recommends that the faithful
formally consecrate themselves to the Blessed Mother. For this end he developed
a specific 33-day program consisting of various prayers and readings to help
the faithful detach themselves from the world and bond themselves more closely
with Christ through the example and intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St. Louis de Montfort stands in a long tradition of saints completely devoted
to Our Lady, and his work has been influential in the lives of many other
saints, notable among them is Pope St. John Paul II who took his papal motto,
"Totus Tuus" (Totally Yours) from de Montfort. This "Total
Consecration of Jesus through Mary" consists of an intial 12-day
preparation followed by a period of three consecutive weeks, each week focusing
on a different theme. It is recommended that the consecration be done on a
major feast day of Our Lady, meaning that the preparation would begin 33 days
prior. That is, after the 33-day program is completed, the Act of Consecration
is made on a Marian feast day. Once you make the consecration, it is for life.
It can then be renewed annually. Keep in mind that this is a formal
consecration to Our Lady, not unlike a vow, that is to be done in a solemn
manner. Through this 33-day program you are giving Mary all of yourself -
heart, mind, and soul - in order to bring you to her Son, Jesus Christ. Also,
that she may use you as a holy instrument in her battle with Satan - i.e. this
consecration allows her the free reign in your life to make you holy (as she
assists you, through the Holy Spirit, to conform to her virtues) and to use
your prayers, sacrifices, and sufferings for the greater glory of God.
“The Immaculata alone has from God the
promise of victory over Satan. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves
entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the
defeat of Satan and the spread of God's kingdom."
Chapter 26, Verse 5-7 5They have known about
me from the start, if they are willing to testify, that I have lived my life as
a Pharisee, the strictest party of our religion. 6But now I am standing
trial because of my hope in the
promise made by God to our ancestors. 7 Our twelve tribes hope to attain to that promise as they
fervently worship God day and night; and on account of this hope I am accused by Jews, O king. Paul clearly explains that his entire life was in
preparation for the hope of Israel, Christ Jesus, who Israel did not recognize
as the son of God. Paul states that the prophets and Moses had foretold that
the Christ would suffer, and as first to be raised from the dead, he would
proclaim light to both God’s people and the Gentiles. The resurrection is God’s
promise to Israel. Paul like Christ ultimately was a victim of intolerance. Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost GOSPEL Matthew 13: 24 – 30 At that time
Jesus spoke this parable…
The Bible for some is stuffy, overblown, and boring.
So and so, son of so and so did such and such a thing to this ruler and then X,
Y, and Z happened. (Snore.) Well, that may be a Dull Fest, but Psalms
will set the record straight. Think fire and brimstone, giant sea monsters,
cannibals, and even drunks. Yeah, ancient poetry is juicy. Psalms is one of the
longest books of the Bible, but that's because it's actually a collection of
150 poems about life back in the day. We're talking Real Housewives of the Negev. The
Bible mostly comprises stories, prophecies, and laws, but Psalms brings the
poetic punch. Most of the Psalms are attributed to David, the Israelites'
greatest and most famous king. Turns out King David was a poet too—yeah, he did
know it. The Psalms are all written in Hebrew, and have been jazzed up, classed
up, and mistranslated ever since they were written starting 3,000 years ago.
Part of Psalms' appeal is its poetry. If Levi…
Nineveh 90 Nineveh 90 for life: January 13, 2020 to Easter vigil (Apr 12) Whether it’s a Navy SEAL or a Saint, we admire those who put it all on the line — go “all in!” — Those who are totally dedicated to the mission … and God admires them too. Throughout salvation history, we have seen how God responds to this resolute and determined kind of prayer, just as Jesus taught His disciples. It was in Nineveh that the entire city turned back to God and did all that they could, through prayer and penance, to “demonstrate to” God that they were absolutely resolute in this “turning.” God saw how “serious” they were about this, and He was moved (Jonah 3:3-10). This is yet another story that demonstrates how God – a perfect Father – compels His children to be truly resolute and quite serious when calling out to Him. St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote, “Timid prayer does not pierce heaven, because immoderate fear binds the soul so that prayer, far from flying upward, cannot even come out. Being lukew…
Proverbs, Chapter 24,
Verse 21-22 21 My son, fear the LORD and the king; have nothing
to do with those who hate them; 22
for disaster will issue suddenly, and calamity from them both, who knows when? Proverbs chapter 24 comments on the fates of the
wicked and foolish—it begins with a warning not to take the foolish as role
models. The faithful are encouraged “to be jealous, zealous; to emulate.”
Christ; for—the wicked have no future.
If Christ is real to you every day of your life then rendering to God what is
God's is not a sacrifice. No, we are compelled by the Holy Spirit and we must give ourselves up entirely to Him;
as did the first martyr Steven.
THE epistle of to-day contains a
short account of the life and sufferings of this saint. It only remains to be
added that, on account of his virtues, his wisdom, and his zeal for the faith,
the apostles thought him worthy to be chosen the first of the seven deacons,
whose office i…
First Sunday after epiphany BAPTISM OF JESUS Acts, Chapter 10, verse 34-3534 Then Peter
proceeded to speak and said, “In
truth, I see that God shows no partiality.35 Rather, in every
nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. God shows no impartiality. This is true today as it
was in the time of Peter. Rome had no fear of God when it came to the sins of
the flesh and lust of the eyes having killed an estimated 400,000 human beings
in the coliseum. Yet Rome as terrible as it was pales in comparison to the sins
of America with 60,069,971 abortions in America since Roe v. Wade in
1973. God shows no impartiality to Nations either. Each receives their due. God is no respecter of rank or titles and asks us to
combat the evil in our day. Pope John Paul has proclaimed “Here is the remedy
against evil. Pray, pray, and nothing more. Michael Brown in his book “Prayer of the Warrior,” reminds us that it was Luke who mentions
that Jesus very frequently stated: “Unlessyou repent…
Wisdom, Chapter 18, Verse 17-18 17 Then, at once, visions in horrible dreams perturbed them and
unexpected fears assailed them; 18 and cast half-dead, one here, another there, they revealed why
they were dying. Egyptians had just had the tenth plague the death of
the first born; all their horrible dreams and visions had come true. The day
before or even the hour before they were happy; they continued to revele in
their ungodly ways. They had 10 chances to change and now the last plague. Nightmares in Ancient Egypt The dream in ancient Egypt functioned as a liminal
zone between the land of the living and the afterlife. However, the dream
was also a phenomenon over which the dreamer had little control, and its
permeable boundaries allowed both the divine and the demonic inhabitants of the
beyond access to the visible world. Sometimes the result was a positive
beneficial experience, as is attested in New Kingdom royal texts and elite
hymns that relate the awe-inspiri…
Wisdom, Chapter 18, Verse 25To these the
destroyer yielded, these he feared;
for this sole trial of anger sufficed. The destroyer angel fears nothing, but the name of God
inscribed on the doorposts of the Jews written in the blood of the lamb. At
this does he stop his destruction, at this name the angel turns aside; at the
name of He that is the angel of death yields. The Destroying Angel The particular term
"destroying angel" (malakh ha-mashhit) occurs twice in the
Bible, in II Samuel 24:16 and its parallel, I Chronicles 21:15. Other allusions
to this "destroyer" (mashhit), can be found in Exodus 12:23
and Isaiah 54:16. In the cultures of the ancient Near East, gods were believed
to be responsible for death and destruction. The Bible, however, does not
portray such a configuration. Instead, the destructive agents act according to
God's instruction: they are His messengers and it is the Lord who initiates
death and destruction. We w…
Monday of the Fourth Week of AdventProverbs, Chapter 23,
Verse 17-18 17 Do
not let your heart envy sinners, but only those who always fear the LORD; 18
For you will surely have a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Those whom one admires or associates with exercise
enormous influence. Do not join the wicked, who are a doomed group.
Nor desire to be with them for the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Let your
hope be in Christ. Vision:
Hope for a Preferred Future
Leaders understand the importance of their minds to
the future of their organizations. Consider some of the timeless principles
offered in Proverbs 23 about our minds and a godly vision for tomorrow: 1.Your thoughts determine your character. 2.Be careful of your thoughts; they
may break into words at any time. 3.Don’t waste your thoughts on those
who don’t hunger for them. 4.The first person you lead is you,
and the first organ you master is your mind. 5.Don’t let your mind drift away from God’s truth
and into vain envy. 6…
ORTHODOX NEW YEAR Wisdom, Chapter 17, Verse 8-10 8 For they who undertook to banish fears and terrors from the sick soul themselves sickened with
ridiculous fear. 9 For even though no monstrous thing frightened them, they shook at the passing of insects and the
hissing of reptiles, 10 And perished
trembling, reluctant to face even the air that they could nowhere escape. Darkness afflicts the Egyptians, while the Israelites
have light! Only the Light of Christ dispels the Darkness What are the preparations necessary so that “something (effective)
happens” as we exercise the three offices of Christ in the war “against the
principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil
spirits in regions above” (Eph 6:10-12)?
“hot” (“Go Weapons Hot”) gives us an excellent acronym for understanding how we
are best positioned to receive the free offer of God’s supernatural grace:
H.O.T. = Humility, Obedience, Trust. Humility:
St. Ignatius of Loyola said, “There is no doubt…